Oxymoron Resources

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Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Guided Lesson
Figurative Language
As students begin to read more sophisticated texts, understanding how authors use figurative language becomes critical. In this unit, students will revisit some of the figurative language they learned in fourth grade and also study some new ones too, including onomatopoeia, hyperbole, puns and oxymorons. Analyzing how figurative language is used in texts will help readers apply what they have learned.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Oxymoron
Oxymoron
Exercise
Oxymoron
Help students learn how to categorize objects with this exercise that educates them about oxymorons.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Match the Meaning
Match the Meaning
Worksheet
Match the Meaning
If your students need support in matching obscure words with the deeper meaning, invite them to use the clues on this worksheet to match words and phrases with their corresponding meanings.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Deeper Meanings
Deeper Meanings
Lesson Plan
Deeper Meanings
Do your students understand the deeper meaning or humor behind a play on words? In this lesson, students will learn how to interpret the meaning of oxymorons and puns, identify key words, and explain the meanings!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Play on Words
Play on Words
Worksheet
Play on Words
With this word play worksheet students will practice identifying words and phrases that have deeper meaning, such as oxymorons and puns.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Worksheet
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Teach your students about contradictory phrases that go by the funny sounding name of "oxymoron." After your students match two words together to make oxymorons, they’ll write their own creative sentences using this fun figurative language tool.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
Worksheet
Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
Students will get to play with words as they explore a variety of oxymorons in this seriously fun worksheet! As kids explain the meaning of these contradictory terms, they’ll learn how figurative language can add humor and intrigue to their writing!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron
Oh My Oxymoron
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron
Oxymorons are seriously fun business! Your fifth graders will have fun making oxymorons by matching contradictory words, as well as crafting unique sentences as they practice using these antithetical phrases in their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Awfully Great Oxymorons
Awfully Great Oxymorons
Worksheet
Awfully Great Oxymorons
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Inside Out Oxymorons!
Inside Out Oxymorons!
Worksheet
Inside Out Oxymorons!
Students will play with words as they explore a variety of oxymorons in this fun worksheet. As kids identify these contradictory terms and integrate them into sentences, they’ll see how figurative language can add humor and intrigue to their writing!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Worksheet
Seriously Funny Oxymorons
Get ready for some serious fun! Your students will be amused as they learn to identify oxymorons in sentences. Then, they will write their own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron #2
Oh My Oxymoron #2
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron #2
An oxymoron is a figure of speech made up of words with very different meanings. In this creative writing activity, students will put their figurative language skills to the test as they craft a story using some catchy contradictory phrases!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Oxymoron Resources

English is a strange language, and it doesn’t always make sense. For example, an oxymoron is a weird word to describe two things that contradict each other: an open secret, a deafening silence, and the most famous example, a jumbo shrimp. Oxymorons can confuse young learners, but we have plenty of materials to demystify them: take a look at our worksheets, games, activities, lesson plans and more.
Can there be a deafening silence? There can if you use an oxymoron!

Oxymorons combine words that seem at odds. Learning oxymorons involves noticing the contradiction but comprehending the meaning of the whole. They’re pretty advanced, so most oxymoron help is designed for fifth graders.

See if you can find these common oxymorons in your everyday life:
  • agree to disagree
  • almost ready
  • a little too big
  • bitter sweet
  • random order
  • wise fool
  • open secret
  • big baby
Teaching oxymorons should involve discussion of the contradiction. You might be able to laugh at the impossible. That’s because learning oxymorons sheds light on the irony in how we use language. In some of our oxymoron help, your child might have to pick the right overall meaning from several possibilities. This exercise lets them pick apart the meaning of the words and think through the options.

Our oxymoron resources should leave you ‘terribly pleased.’ Push the envelope by trying our resources on the closely related concept of idioms.